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The Turbans, The Brothers Gillespie + Club Night

  • Cobalt Studios Ltd 10-16 Boyd Street Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE2 1AP United Kingdom (map)

We are delighted to present, for the first time ever in the Newcastle... The Turbans!

With support from Hexham-based trobadours The Brothers Gillespie.

Tickets: £7 online - Billeto link above / £8 on the door


“…Intoxicating, flamboyant and wide-ranging sound…” Rhythm Passport Magazine.

The Turbans are an international musical collective that brings together original compositions and traditional near-eastern and eastern-European styles, to create a modern and energetic performance with reverence for its ancient roots.

Founding member Oshan Mahony was born in Hexham and their recent album has been written and recorded in Northumberland so when they were booking a recent tour a debut gig in Newcastle was an important date to make!

They started in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2009 when classical violinist Darius Luke Thompson and guitarist Oshan Mahony played together for the first time. The duo travelled by bicycle to India, and were joined along the way by other musicians. This extraordinary project grew over the course of a few years, from very humble beginnings into a progressive name on the London music scene. Its members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Italy, Greece and England to perform in the UK, Turkey, Pakistan, India and Europe.

It has been an amazing journey and the band has taken the UK festival scene by storm, with a mix of traditional Balkan, klezmer, Turkish, Celtic and Greek traditional folk sounds. Their reputation as radical performers of real musical substance and prodigious energy is growing. Since setting base in London and inviting exciting international musicians to join them, they have delighted thousands with their musical melange of dancing entrancement.

Last year, The Turbans launched their first album of the same name with funds from a very successful crowdfunding campaign. The band, run by the musicians themselves, is set on making audiences dance with their vibrant, genre-hopping music.


Video from Music on the Marr festival

'With gorgeous sibling harmony and brilliant guitar and fiddle playing The Brothers Gillespie sing stirring, lyrical folk songs old and newly penned. Part of an ancient lineage of cosmically-minded troubadours the brothers channel the spirit and memory of the land and it's people and sing straight from the heart and soul'

‘The Brothers Gillespie have finally arrived! And with them bringing a texture and spirit to folk songs new and old that captures all the earthly magic, shining with classic troubadourian wholesomeness so often attempted but rarely as genuine as you’ll find here. All of course marinated in the glorious tones of their ‘blood harmony’ for there is no sound as sweet as when siblings sing.’

Sam Lee

“Weaving an especially compelling magic that’s generated by its very nakedness and intrinsic wildness, the music of the Brothers feeds off the primal power of the landscape… The music on their debut disc is entirely captivating… this fantastic CD is surely destined to become one of my albums of 2016.”

David Kidman, FRUK

“Well this is a rare treat… These are the kind of tunes that appear to have been constructed from bracken and wildflowers and are quietly superb.”

The Crack Magazine

DJ set to follow TBA

Earlier Event: November 3
Later Event: November 8
Life Drawing at Cobalt